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Boxer launches first ad of Senate campaign [updated]

September 13, 2010 |  1:47 pm

Sen. Barbara Boxer has launched her first ad of the 2010 campaign, focusing on clean energy, her support for veterans and targeted tax cuts for small businesses.

"I'm working to make California the leader in clean energy," she says in the ad. "To jump-start our small businesses with tax credits and loans to create thousands more California jobs."

The appearance of Boxer's ad seven weeks before the Nov. 2 election underscores two realities of the Senate campaign. First, Boxer has the money to go on the offensive early. She had more than $11 million in the bank, according to the latest campaign finance reports, compared with less than $1 million for her Republican opponent, Carly Fiorina.

Second, Boxer is going to need to spend that money over the next few weeks, as polls show her in tight battle with Fiorina for what would be her fourth six-year term in the Senate.

  [Updated 3:49 p.m.] An earlier version of this post said Boxer was seeking her third term.

Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said, "The truth is that there is only one job Barbara Boxer is interested in saving and that's her own. Voters will see right through this multimillion-dollar, special-interest-funded effort to distort what is really a 28-year-long record of total failure to support California's veterans, children, small-business owners and entrepreneurs."

You can watch the ad below.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento